With just one pre-season friendly remaining, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has a good idea of his team for the opening League One game at Crewe a week on Saturday.
That’s the view of his assistant Paul Raynor after the Millers, with six friendlies behind them in their build-up, conclude matters when Barnsley visit the New York Stadium on Saturday.
“We know where we are at and we are pleased where we are at,” said Raynor.
“I’m sure the gaffer is pretty close and has a good idea of what his side will be for the opener.
“But every player knows that whenever they go out on that pitch, they need to put in a performance and put positive thoughts in the manager’s mind. That continues to apply and will do so on Saturday.
“I thought we saw some pleasing signs the other night (the 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough) and while we don’t like losing even in friendlies or conceding goals, then it means we have things to iron out and, after all, that’s what pre-season games are for. If something isn’t quite right then we can do something about it and get things right for when the serious stuff starts.”
New winger David Worrall came off after half-an-hour with a slight groin problem... “it was precautionary really,” said Raynor. He had better news on Daniel Nardiello who injured a hamstring against Huddersfield last Saturday. “He had a scan, it wasn’t as bad as first feared and he should re-start training next week,” added Raynor.
The Millers sent a side to Stocksbridge Park Steels last night, going down 3-0. Steels led 2-0 at half time through Chris Bettney and Nathan Joynes. The home side, who struggled near the bottom of the Evostik Premier last year, sealed the points with a late third from Steve Hoyles. Steels goalie Ben Scott made an excellent save from Millers’ striker Kayode Odejayi.